On Friday, English comedian Russell Brand joined MSNBC journalist John Heilemann on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ to discuss the role of media corporations in American society and recent revelations about Fox News anchors and their beliefs on the 2020 election. During the show, Brand stayed true to form and spoke truth to power, all while going off on the ‘propagandist’ network MSNBC.
“It’s disingenuous to claim that the biases that are exhibited on Fox News are any different than the biases exhibited on MSNBC. It is difficult to suggest that these corporations are anything other than mouthpieces for their affiliated owners in BlackRock and Vanguard,” Brand said. “We have to take responsibility for our own perspectives. I’ve been on that MSNBC mate. It’s propaganda, it’s nutcrackery on there.”
“I went on a show called ‘Morning Joe,'” the comedian stated. “They didn’t understand the basic tenets of journalism. No one was willing to stick up for genuine American heroes like Edward Snowden. No one was willing to talk about Julian Assange and what he suffered trying to bring real journalism to the American people. And I think to sit within the castle of MSNBC throwing rocks at Fox News is ludicrous. Make MSNBC better. Make MSNBC great again.”
“Russell, darling. The moment you give me a specific example… of an MSNBC correspondent or anchor being on television saying something they knew was false and were saying behind the scenes to people that we know that the election wasn’t stolen or something equivalent but I will go out on television and say the opposite, I will lie…”
“When’s my answer,” Russell jumped in.
“I’m with you. I think it’s a false equivalency Russell,” Maher commented to which Russell responded, “No, it’s not. That’s your own biases.”
“It’s not about bias. It’s a false equivalency because you don’t actually know anything about these organizations that you are talking about. Even the MSNBC ones. Big f***ing deal,” Heilemann argued. “You don’t have a single actual fact.”
“Do you want an example?” Russell asked. “The ludicrous, outrageous criticisms of Joe Rogan over Ivermectin deliberately referring to it as a horse medicine when they know it’s an effective medicine. Rachel Maddow turning on the TV saying ‘if you take this vaccine, you’re not going to get it.'”
After the MSNBC journalist continued to say “non-responsive” over and over, Russell went off: “You have to listen! Do you think you could improve America by determinedly and avowedly condemning Fox News without acknowledging that you are participating in the same game? Did you not just listen to Bernie Sanders, someone who plainly, legitimately believes in this country and believes it is possible to change but is bound by corruption, bound by the lobbying system.”
“Surely it is clear to you Bill as one of the great pundits and experts and comic voices that systemic change is required. Money needs to be taken out of politics. We need new political systems that genuinely represent ordinary Americans so we can overcome cultural differences,” the comedian continued, concluding, “And bickering about which propagandist network is the worst is not going to save a single American life, not improve the life of a single American child, not improve America’s standing in the world, and the world needs a strong America. I’ll tell you that. So you have an obligation, a duty not to condemn these people.”
Russell Brand’s message is full-proof. The issues facing Americans aren’t wrapped up in the back and forth of major media companies, but instead everyday problems that can be solved with bold leadership. MSNBC is a mouthpiece for radical progressives in the Democrat Party and the more Americans realize that the healthier our political discourse will become.
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